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Camp FAQs

Must campers wear a camp T-shirt every day?
How does my camper find a lost item?
How does the transportation system work?
How do I arrange to pick up my camper during the camp day?
When can I visit my camper?
What if my child does not want to participate in a particular activity?
How religious is Camp Gan Israel?
Can my camper bring a precious item to camp?
What does my camper need to bring each day?
How often does my child drink water at camp each day?
How can I speak with my child's counselor?
How can I speak with a Camp Director?
Are we obligated to give a tip or gift to our child's counselor?
How can I become more involved with Camp Gan Israel?

Must campers wear a camp T-shirt every day?
Yes, we require that all campers wear a Camp Gan Israel T-shirt each day. Each camper should purchase at least two T-shirts before camp begins. Since all camp staff and campers wear camp shirts, we are instantly recognizable to each other. While on field trips camp shirts distinguish our campers and staff from other visitors. While at camp, it allows our staff to recognize any visiting children, parents, etc.

How does my camper find a lost item?
Please mark all belongings with your camper's name and group. This is very important since shirts, backpacks, etc. are identical and individual items are difficult to identify without a label. Lost & Found items are available each day in the office. Please contact us in writing or by phone regarding specific items.

How do I arrange to pick up my camper during the camp day?
If you have to pick up your camper during the day, please notify the director. Once we are aware of your arrival time, we can arrange to have your camper ready for you. Please note that no camper will be released to ANYONE without written permission.

When can I visit my camper?
Camp Gan Israel is open for parental visits every camp day. We suggest that you schedule your visit carefully as your camper may be involved in a field trip or other off-campus activity. All visitors will be directed to the camp office for visitor registration and assistance. We invite all parents to join us Friday  afternoons for our Shabbat party or any other special day.

What if my child does not want to participate in a particular activity?
No camper will be forced to participate in any activity. However, we do encourage campers to try all activities and take advantage of the complete program offered at Camp Gan Israel. 

How religious is Camp Gan Israel?
CGI is a warm and welcoming environment made up of campers from all Jewish backgrounds. An individual's level of observance is not stressed. All children enjoy a shared Jewish spirit through songs and projects.

Can my camper bring a precious item to camp?
We do not permit your camper to bring jewelry, radios, expensive toys, etc. to camp. Camp Gan Israel supplies everything campers may need. We will not be held responsible for any lost items.

What does my camper need to bring each day?

Each day a camper should bring a vegetarian/dairy lunch, 2 coins for Tzedakah, and lots of CGI energy! We supply all sports and safety equipment such as tennis racquets, baseball mitts, riding helmets, etc. Please apply sunscreen at home.

How can I speak with my child's counselor?
A call to the camp office will answer most questions. Since counselors are constantly supervising groups and activities, messages will be taken at the camp office. Please leave your name and evening phone number and the counselor will return your call as soon as possible.

How can I speak with a Camp Director?
The directors are available to answer your questions and discuss your concerns, during the day at the Camp Office and most evenings from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on her cell. Please feel free to call during these times or leave a message during the camp day.

Are we obligated to give a tip or gift to our child's counselor?
No, but they are appreciated. If you wish to do so, here is a general guideline: $20-$25 for a junior counselor and $30-$40 for a counselor.

How can I become more involved with Camp Gan Israel?
The camp encourages the involvement of "bunk mothers" (just like a class mother). If you are interested please inform the Director. 

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